Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Wind Country Notes
Two small experimental wind projects: Aquaria (10 kW) and Jabouza (12 kW) (both now closed) had been commissioned during the 1980s by SEN (Société d'Energies Nouvelles). STEG (Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz) took over the wind turbines when SEN closed in 1994. An early 1990s feasibility study undertaken by STEG led to the 10.56 MW grid-connected wind plant at Sidi Daoud becoming operational in August 2000. An 8.72 MW expansion to Sidi Daoud became operational in 2003 and a further expansion of 34 MW is scheduled.
It has been estimated that the wind potential of Tunisia could support 1 000 MW nationwide. Exploratory studies in the north of the country are further advanced than in the remaining territory and three projects totalling 120 MW (Metline, Kechabta and Ben Aouf in the Bizerte region) are due to be operational there in 2009.